One Apple supplier is boosting production of the 12-inch MacBook Air in time to meet the Q1 2015 launch. According to DigiTimes, the tech giant started by recruiting more employees for its production needs. Apple also hopes to bring in a total of 30,000 workers for this quarter to help with production for the Apple Watch.
Sources close to Quanta claim the 12-inch MacBook Air will replace the current 11-inch MacBook Air. Apple will reportedly keep the larger 13-inch MacBook Air.
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Features of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air
The upcoming Apple laptop will reportedly feature a high-resolution Retina display and Broadwell Core M processor. Previous reports claimed the 12-inch MacBook Air will forgo many features found in other MacBook products but will include a headphone jack, a set of microphones, and a USB Type-C port. It should be noted that this report is just a rumor, especially considering DigiTimes has such a poor track record on Apple rumors.
Just last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveiled its Broadwell chip lineup. This next generation of processors uses 14-nanometer technology, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the 12-inch MacBook Air. Previous reports also indicated that Apple may ship its next laptop without MagSafe, a feature which not only prevents cord-tripping accidents but also provides lucrative protection for the company by preventing third-party companies from creating power adapters. This is why it is hard to believe the Cupertino-based tech giant would release the MacBook Air without it.
The primary draw for the 12-inch MacBook Air is likely to be the super thin design. Apple is known for continually slimming down its products as a part of improving overall design. The MacBook Air is one of the company’s most important products, and it is necessary to make changes to keep consumers interested.
The Apple Watch is also expected the debut in stores sometime early this year, although the exact date is still unknown.